The seminar will discuss what a post-Brexit trade agreement between the EU and UK could and should look like.
Today is the day Theresa May triggers Article 50. This day marks the beginning of a divorce process without precedence in the history of the EU. Contrary to other policy areas trade policy is an area where the EU has a longstanding negotiating experience and different model agreements to revert to. One agreement which could serve as a model agreement for a post-Brexit trade agreement between the EU-27 and the UK is CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada. CETA is the latest and most comprehensive trade agreement signed between the EU and a large, highly-developed economy.
But is CETA really a good model for a future EU-UK trade agreement? Would a CETA-type agreement be suitable for the interests and priorities of the EU-27 and UK? Is CETA an agreement which is deep enough to minimize negative economic impacts on the EU-27 and UK economies? What are lessons learned from the negotiation and conclusion of CETA?
The seminar will be co-hosted by the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business (CERT) and ECIPE.
Jim Rollo, Professor Emeritus at the University of Sussex, Associate Research Fellow at Chatham House, Research Affiliate at the Centre for Analysis of Regional Integration at Sussex (CARIS)
Jason Langrish, Executive Director, Canada Europe Roundtable for Business (CERT)
Hanna Deringer, Policy Analyst at ECIPE
Fredrik Erixon, Director at ECIPE